Now that the offseason is soon coming to a close and football is returning, it is time to look at the best players in the NFL. Each year The Game Haus puts together a list of the top players in the league for the upcoming season. This list was put together by members of the TGH NFL staff. It starts with the NFL Top 100 Players 2019: 30-21.
30. Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Peterson has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for a few seasons now and he is still just 28 years old. He only had five passes defended and two interceptions, but a lot of times he doesn’t get balls thrown his way because of his superb coverage. The whole team had a down year last season, but Peterson figures to be one of the best players on the field in the 2019 season.
29. Calais Campbell, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
The acquisition of Campbell a few years ago really elevated the play of the defense. He had 14.5 sacks in his first year in Jacksonville and followed it up with 10.5 sacks last season. Campbell is also a great run defender, so he helps the defense in many ways. He’ll be in charge of making sure the defense plays its best, while he’ll hope Nick Foles at quarterback can help the Jaguars get back to the playoffs.
28. Chris Harris Jr., CB, Denver Broncos
Harris Jr. wanted a new contract from the Broncos this offseason to reflect how well he had been playing and he got one. Although he only played in 12 games, Harris had three interceptions and 10 passes defended. He doesn’t have the big name like other cornerbacks in the league, but quarterbacks have to know where he is lined up on the field.
27. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
As the number one target for Aaron Rodgers over the last few years, Adams has really grown into himself in Green Bay. With Rodgers healthy, Adams had the best season of his career with 111 receptions for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns. Another career year should be in store for Adams in 2019, which could help the Packers get back to the playoffs.
26. Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets
After a great rookie season, Adams played even better in 2018. He totaled 115 tackles, 12 passes defended and 3.5 sacks. Adams did a little bit of everything for the Jets last season and brings a lot to the table for them. His play, along with help from new additions including C.J. Mosley, could help the Jets have a very tough defense.
25. Zack Martin, OG, Dallas Cowboys
Martin missed two games last season, but has been one of the best guards in the league over the last five years. In that span, he has made five Pro Bowls and been named an All-Pro three times. He not only gives Dak Prescott time to read defenses, but clears holes for Ezekiel Elliot in the running game. If the rest of the line can stay healthy, they could really improve on last season and be a threat to go deeper into the playoffs.
24. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
He talked a lot of trash before last season, but Ramsey didn’t have his best year. Ramsey still is one of the best corners in the NFL and has to be respected by opposing offenses. In 2018, he defended 13 passes and intercepted three balls for the Jaguars. If he can lock down the oppositions’ best wide receivers, the Jaguars defense will be tough to beat.
23. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
With Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, the Chiefs had an explosive offense and Kelce benefitted from that. He hauled in 103 passes for 1,336 yards and 10 touchdowns to provide a good playmaker for the offense. Kelce is one of the biggest matchup problems in the league and often beats his man and gets open. His presence this season will be even more important if Tyreek Hill is suspended for any amount of time.
22. Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles
Cox sometimes gets overshadowed, but really helped Philadelphia’s defense last season. He provided his usual great run support, but also had a career-high in sacks at 10.5. The 2018 season marked his fourth Pro Bowl, but it was his first time being named an All-Pro. His presence in the middle of the defensive line makes the whole defense better and a new season starting up shouldn’t change that.
21. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
The Patriots won another Super Bowl with Brady, which brings his total to six. He hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down either. He threw for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns on 65.8 percent completion. Brady is one of the all-time greats and shouldn’t be taken lightly just because he is aging. With Brady back at quarterback, the Patriots can, and should, be considered favorites out of the AFC.